Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Eric Rosenow - August 5, 1982


Eric Rosenow was born in Berlin, Germany. Before the war, Eric was an actor in theater and cinema. After Hitler banned Jewish people from performing for Gentiles, he started an orchestra and performed for other Jews. In 1939, Eric and his brother decided to move to Shanghai. Their parents and other brother followed there shortly afterward. Eric and his family moved into the Jewish ghetto in Shanghai where Eric made a living performing in local night clubs. After the war, Eric was married and his family moved to Detroit.

  1. Introduction
  2. Moving to Shanghai
  3. Moving to the United States
  4. Life Before the War
  5. Religious Life
  6. Family
  7. Shanghai Ghetto
  8. Shanghai Ghetto II
  9. Conditions in the Ghetto
  10. Food and Sickness in the Ghetto
  11. Lasting Effects of the War
  12. Japanese Authority in the Ghetto
  13. Bombing of Shanghai Ghetto
  14. Life in the United States
  15. Reparations
  16. Sharing Story
  17. Conclusion

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